Author Topic: Help with trip planning - S. Daktoa , Wyoming, Montana - June 30th thru July 7th  (Read 10542 times)

Offline Kazairl

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Sorry I kind of forgot about this. lol. This will be my first time into Montana and Canada.

 I think I'm going to skip the black hills this trip or else go through it on the way back. My loose plan of action now is to take I80 to 25 and just take it north all the way to 90 and then over to the Glacier area.

  I might stop for a day in the Big Horns. Cross them on HWY 16 and then cross them again on 14. Goof around for a day or two around Glacier and take hwy 93 north into Canada and hit the Trans Canadian hwy or keep going north to Jasper on the Icefields parkway. Though from what I've been reading I may be sharing the road with every Tom Dick and Harry.

 Then head West to Kamloops and down towards Vancouver then south into Washington and maybe Oregon. Then head back East through Idaho and Wyoming probably by I80 again. Depends on how much time I have left to get home.

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After doing a lot of looking and reading I think this is roughly the route I plan on taking.

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Looks like quiet a ride!  If you don’t mind my asking, was just wondering why you are skipping the Beartooth Hwy?

I might stop for a day in the Big Horns. Cross them on HWY 16 and then cross them again on 14.
Nice.  Wish I were there right now! :thumbs:

IIRC, Last summer, there was a bit of rough roadwork on Hwy 16 a few miles out of Ten Sleep on the way to Worland.

Looks like you’re going to skip Hwy 31 between Ten Sleep and Manderson.  Was just going to say, IIRC, I had the “Tee in the road” on 31 kinda snuck up on me once.

BTW, here’s hoping the heat-wave tapers off.

oops--snuck not sneak.  failed to correct it in MSword before posting.  My bad.


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Looks like quiet a ride!  If you don’t mind my asking, was just wondering why you are skipping the Beartooth Hwy?
Nice.  Wish I were there right now! :thumbs:

No good reason. I was trying not to pack so many roads and side trips into this so I don't feel rushed to get anywhere. Plus there is always the trip back. Have you been on the west 212 and used hwy 89 to Livingston? It looks like it goes through a bunch of foothills then 89 flattens out into a valley.

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IIRC, Last summer, there was a bit of rough roadwork on Hwy 16 a few miles out of Ten Sleep on the way to Worland.

Looks like you’re going to skip Hwy 31 between Ten Sleep and Manderson.  Was just going to say, IIRC, I had the “Tee in the road” on 31 kinda sneak up on me once.

BTW, here’s hoping the heat-wave tapers off.


 I might skip 16 on the trip up and hit it on the way back or else save it for the next trip. That will save me somewhere around 200 miles just crossing the big horns once on 14. Although Hwy 31 looks interesting.

 And ditto on the heat wave. It has been over 100 pretty much all week here. I've been watching the weather along my way and the farther north I get the cooler it gets. Kamloops has a projected high of mid 80's. Sounds like heaven to me right now.

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Have you been on the west 212 and used hwy 89 to Livingston? It looks like it goes through a bunch of foothills then 89 flattens out into a valley.
Yes, I have been on 212 and 89.  Was in Cooke City (on 212) this past summer.  My first trip on 89 between Yellowstone NP and Livingston was way back in 1980 IIRC.   I lived in Montana back then.  The last time I was on that stretch of road was in 03 or 04.  I’ve been on 89 between Great Falls and I 90 many times.  If you do take 89 between YNP and Livingston I think you will get to see what  some folks used to call “the devil’s slide".

Nowadays I tend to skip Yellowstone.  For me it’s sort of a BTDT several times kinda of thing.  Besides, I don’t care for the traffic/crowds and I miss the “good ole days” before the elk herds were, as some would say, “decimated".  And, I'd rather be in Glacier NP any day than YNP.  Just a personal preference.  Luv the GTTSR.

Although Hwy 31 looks interesting.
That’s a nice little bit of some rural Wyoming countryside that I enjoy seeing.  It’s quiet a contrast from my local area.


Speaking of the Big Horn Mts.  I had one of these give me a little chase this past summer.  Wasn't far from Burgess Jct.


Can’t help but be curious, is this a solo trip?  Are you going to be camping, moteling, or both?


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Solo and mostly camping. Although I expect I'll break down and find a motel room occasionally.

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Heck of a ride/adventure IMO.  Here’s wishing you the best and a safe ride. 

BTW, not a lot of choices for eats on the road (89) between Livingston and Great Falls.  A few stops in White Sulphur Springs including bars and maybe one in Monarch IIRC.

Oh, and that stretch of 89 between Livingston and the little belts is what I call a prairie/valley ride.

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I had a feeling. I think I get enough of that around here. :)

 Many thanks for your help.

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Just remember, if your going to stay near YNP do it in Cody, Wy.  If you stay in West Yellowstone it will cost you twice as much for not as much. 

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Where ever you go in that area, pack extra water and maybe some snacks (like granola bars and maybe a bag of jerky).  Places to stop and buy things are more plentiful then they used to be, but you still need to be prepared to fend for yourself, no matter what.

My buddy and I did Hwy 12 all the way from Lewiston ID to the SD boarder a couple years ago.  Another awesome way to cross MT and WY.  Especially between ID and MT.

Also, be on the lookout for the WSP, as they love to speed trap around the boarders, and the speeds in WY are still ridiculously low when off the Interstates.
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If you plan on riding in BC Canada beware of the 7 day impound of your vehicle if you get caught speeding in our beautiful province.  Anything over 40km/hr ( approx 25m/hr) over the posted speed limit is an automatic impound.  There have been many people visiting BC that have been caught.  I think this is BS.


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Anyone else been to Wyoming’s Rib & Chop House in Cody or Famous Dave’s in Bozeman?

I've read the burgers are "right tasty" at the Bear Lodge resort near Burgess Junction.  I've been to the Lodge but don't know about the grub.  Anyone else?
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Famous Dave's is the McDonald's of BBQ here in CO... As a misplaced Texan, I would not suggest it to any of my friends expecting good Q.
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Well, just got back last Saturday from our adventure and it was amazing. Montana is a rider's paradise.

We trailered to Bozeman on 6/30, slept, and on the 1st we rode thru the North side of YNP and took in some of the attractions, but bailed out to the North-East entrance on to the Beartooth given all of the traffic in the park. The Beartooth was amazing, just a spectacular ride. We really wish we would have skipped the park that morning and rode the Josheph Highway instead.
 
On the 2nd we woke early and headed west out of Bozeman onto Highway 2 on to Highway 69 and headed towards Helena thru Boulder, MT running just to the west of the Elk Horn Mtns as far as we could. Once in Helena we headed west on 279 and took a left when we got to 200, and had just one spectacular ride over Fletcher's Pass. We continued to the North thru Swan Lake on to the Flathead to end up staying the night in Kallispel. If you ever have the time to stop in this town, I highly recommend the Fillet at Mot's. Such a great dinner.

We spend 2 nights in Kallispel due to weather (rain). And eventually made it over the Road to the Sun. We all loved the ride, but I suggest one look into the road conditions when going thru Glacier N.P. They currently have 3 miles of the road down to the dirt. And I am fine with the dirt, but they have applied a SERIOUS amount of brine to the dirt to help keep it firm and not washing away in the rain. The combination of brine and ground up tar they have put down built up a 1/2" thick crust of crud that looked like and turned out to be as tough as spray-in-bedliner on my headers, jammed into the radiator, and coated my CS-One with tar all the way up. It took 16 hours of work and 3 gallons of gasoline (the only thing I could find that would cut that stuff). Had to drain the coolant, remove the radiator, all of the exhaust, etc.........). Had we known, we would have rode in from the East and out from the East.

On the 4th we rode South on Highway 89, thru Helena from the North and hopped on Highway 15, and thought it was expressway, the scenery was great, and eventually we made it back to the truck in Bozeman on the night of the 4th to take in PBR's and Pizza in the hotel parking lot while watching downtown Bozeman celebrate the 4th. 

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I'm happy to hear that you had a good trip. It's to bad you missed Chief Joseph Hwy but that gives you a good reason to go back.
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